A fall of firsts! And our Sept. 5th show rundown

We’re back in our “second home” of Toronto, dear listeners — after an always-fun live show back in Ottawa at the end of August — and we’re thrilled to announce that the first of several NOW PLAYING RADIO Presents showcases kicks off next week! For our inaugural show, we’re featuring some terrific up-and-coming local talent, including Philip James, Carlo Meriano, Daniel Mager Band, and Michael Wexler (of great friends of the show Inlet Sound) playing a solo set. It all goes down at Rancho Relaxo next Wednesday, September 12th — doors are at 8:30pm and music starts at 9:20 — and only costs five bucks. Check out the Facebook event for more information, including links to tracks from each act (get a taste of what to expect, right?).

We also spun a couple of tracks from the above artists, plus new songs from some of our perennial faves:

Michael Rault – I Wanna Love You
Divine Fits – My Love Is Real
White Wires – Everywhere You Were
Jenn Grant – I Want You Back
John K. Samson – When I Write My Master’s Thesis
Hey Rosetta! – Yer Fall
Carlo Meriano – To Serve Man
Philip James – Mountain Limbs
Aidan Knight – A Mirror
Hooded Fang – Younger Days
Bahamas – Already Yours
Said the Whale – Curse of the Currents

Next week: more about our upcoming showcases and, as always, fresh tracks from some of your favourite Canadian artists. ‘Til then!

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Oct. 12 show rundown!

Thanks for tuning in today, lads and lassies. All that we spun:

We Are The City – Morning Song
Sound of Lions – Enders
Acres of Lions – Forgive and Forget
Ohbijou – Scalpel Blade
Graham Wright – Canadian Thanksgiving
Jenn Grant – Walk Away
Faraway Neighbours – Between Lakes
Matthew Barber – Blue Forever
The Glass Chain – Bad Teenagers
A.C. Newman – Take On Me (A-ha cover)
LOOM – Around Again (Island Mix)
Lykke Li – Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers cover) [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Library Voices – Book of Love

Don’t forget: Library Voices & Graham Wright are at the Black Sheep this weekend, and The Glass Chain and Faraway Neighbours have separate shows early next week. Get out there and support fantastic local and Canadian music.

Backlog #1! Our [overdue] June 22nd show rundown

Hey folks – long time, no… tunes? Have no fear, we kept the tunes spinnin’ as we were in and out of the live studio over the past few weeks (for anyone wondering, June 15th was a repeat of our June 8th show). Here’s what we

Timber Timbre – Woman
Jenn Grant – Baby’s Been Away
Braids – Lammicken
Snailhouse – Apple
Imaginary Cities – Say You
Northcote – Free Tonight
The Details – Voices Fall
Hooded Fang – Den of Love
Chad Van Gaalen – Do Not Fear
Dog is Blue – Dusty Bones

Many thanks again to Snailhouse and Jon from The Details for joining us over the phone for the show, too — we’ll get those interviews up as soon as the internet can find us a bit more space for hosting sound files.

March 9th show rundown [HONHEEHONHEE interview to come!]

As always, we had a slew of great tracks on tap today, including:

No Gold – Weird Week
Snailhouse – Sentimental Gentleman
We Are The City – That’s It, That’s All
Dream Jefferson – Bedtime Ballet
Dinosaur Bones – Royalty
Jenn Grant – Let’s Get Started
HONHEEHONHEE – We Only Go
Snowblink – The Tired Bees
The Good Natured – Your Body Is A Machine [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Kalle Mattson – Good Morning Goodnight
The Gallop – Get Me To Sleep
Young Galaxy – Cover Your Tracks (Freedom or Death Remix) [MIX/MASH OF THE MONTH]

Stay tuned, we’ll be getting the interview with Matt, Stefan, and Greg from HONHEEHONHEE up online soon — until then, go check out their Bandcamp page where you can download their first single, A. is for Animal, for free! Check ’em out tomorrow night at the Elmdale, too — more info about that show and more excellent shows can be found on our local listings page.

It accidentally aired an hour earlier, but… our Feb. 23 show rundown

Don’t worry, I was surprised too! A small scheduling glitch forced this week’s episode of Now Playing to be aired an hour earlier, at noon instead of 1pm this past Wednesday, the 23rd. Nevertheless, this is what we spun:

The Love Machine – We Are Squirrels, And This Is Nuts
Eve Hell & The Razors – Zombie Love
Olenka & The Autumn Lovers – No Coins
Sound of Lions – One
Great Bloomers – Honey Blanket
Dave Norris and Local Ivan – Goodbye Michelle
Jenn Grant – Parliament of Owls
Giant Hand – Another Step Down
Brad Kells – Let It Go Girl
The Head and the Heart – Down In The Valley [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Doctor Ew – Let’s Make It Legitimate
Hey Rosetta! – Yer Fall
Rebekah Higgs – Wilderness Girls (A.A. Wallace Remix) [Mix/Mash of the Month]

And next week? Oh boy, next week. Next week’s show is going to be just incredible. It’s going to feature TWO LIVE INTERVIEWS + SESSIONS, if you can believe it. No, I can’t believe it either. Toronto’s Hooded Fang just dropped by the studios a few hours ago to record some killer new tracks from their upcoming EP-that-will-actually-probably-be-an-album, and Ottawa’s very own hotshotcasino will be stopping by CHUO on Tuesday to jam and chat before they play Cafe Nostalgica next weekend.

All in all, it’s a show you won’t want to miss.

I’m excited about Hey Rosetta! — are you?! Feb. 16 show rundown

I’m so excited, I had to spin a track off their new album, Seeds, which was just released this past Tuesday — and I had to mention this Saturday’s concert again. Yes, folks, it’s sold out — but you never know what happens if you pay close enough attention to Twitter or Kijiji — you never know where you can find tickets! And hey, if you can’t go this Saturday, well there are a slew of awesome shows coming up for which tickets are still available — click on “Local Listings” up on the right-hand side, there, and go have some fun.

Speaking of fun, we played a whole lotta fun tracks today:

Hey Rosetta! – Welcome
The Liptonians – Hey! Hey! Help Is On Its Way Now!
Spring Breakup – It’s Not Me, It’s You
Meligrove Band – Make Believe It
Jenn Grant – Oh My Heart
Cowboy Junkies – Wrong Piano
The Peptides – For Those Who Hate Each Other
New Grammar – Calling Card
Shotgun Jimmie – Late Last Year
Noah and the Whale – Wild Thing [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Mother’s Children – Shaky Sue
Wildlife – Drunken Heart
Harlan Pepper – Little Miss Sunshine
Kit Wilson-Yang – Why Go Out A Killin?
My Dad Vs Yours – Hip to Hip

If anyone out there is hitting up the Rich Aucoin show on Friday or the Hey Rosetta! show on Saturday, leave a comment — maybe I’ll see you there! Happy live-music-ing this weekend, folks.

We’re back! (after bit of a hiatus, apparently…) Jan. 26th show rundown

A handful of killer Canadian releases have just dropped over the last week or so: today we spun some new Jenn Grant, Destroyer, The Olympic Symphonium, and even Hey Rosetta! (who will release Seeds on February 15.)

Jenn Grant – Walk Away
Ladner – Learning By Doing Stupid Things
Michael Rault – You Can Leave It If You Want To
Dragonette – Take It Like A Man
Two Hours Traffic – No Advances
Destroyer – Savage Night at the Opera
Hey Rosetta! – Yer Spring
The Olympic Symphonium – Settle Down
Jeremy Fisher – All We Want Is Love
Sleigh Bells – Infinity Guitars [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Wolf Parade – Ghost Pressure
Andrea Simms-Karp – Lone Picture
The Withering Pines – Kate or Katherine
Deadhorse – Big Blew Sky

Of the artists we played this week, Hey Rosetta!,Jenn Grant and Ottawa’s own The Withering Pines are all playing shows soon — not to mention Dragonette, who will hit up Babylon tomorrow night! Check our recently updated show listings over on our “Local Listings” page for more info.

‘Til next week!

Nov. 24 show rundown [Right By Midnight interview to come!]

Many thanks to Kris and Charles from Right By Midnight for not only visiting the CHUO studios and sittin’ down for a chat, but also for giving us two tickets to their show at Zaphod’s this Saturday night that we’re able to give to one lucky listener/reader! Click here for more info.

As for tracks this week, we spun:

Radio Radio – Dekshoo
Jesse & The Dandelions – Where the Wild Things Are
Jenn Grant – Dreamer
Hooded Fang – Younger Days
Dave Norris & Local Ivan – I Met Yer Ghost
Andy Swan – Come to the Island
Right By Midnight – Ocean (in like the waves)
Ketch Harbour Wolves – Bonfire of the Vanities
The High Dials – Uruguay
Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds – Float Away
Dinosaur Bones – Ice Hotels

No Weekly Import this week, but it’ll return next week — and boy oh boy, will there be exciting news next week… stay tuned!